Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that often results in hair loss. It can happen to anyone at anytime without warning and without any other symptoms. The body’s immune system, which is designed to protect the body from viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks hair follicles, the tiny cup shaped structures from which hairs grow. This process can lead to hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. Alopecia Areata typically causes small to medium sized round or oval patched on the scalp, eyebrows and beard. The cause of Alopecia, as with many autoimmune diseases, is not known. It's thought, however, that some environmental, viral or genetic triggers may predispose some people to Alopecia Areata more than others.
What Causes Alopecia Areata ?
In Alopecia Areata, immune system cells called white blood cells attack the rapidly growing cells in the hair follicles that make the hair. The affected hair follicles become small and drastically slow down hair production. Fortunately, the stem cells that continually supply the follicle with new cells do not seem to be targeted. So the follicle always has the potential to re-grow hair. Scientists do not know exactly why the hair follicles undergo these changes, but they suspect that a combination of genes may predispose some people to the disease. In those who are genetically predisposed, some type of trigger--perhaps a virus or something in the person's environment--brings on the attack against the hair follicles.
Who Is Most Likely To Get Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia Areata affects an estimated four million Americans of both sexes and of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It often begins in childhood. If you have a close family member with the disease, your risk of developing it is slightly increased. If your family member lost his or her first patch of hair before age 30, the risk to other family members is greater. Overall, one in five people with the disease have a family member who has it as well.
Is Alopecia Areata a Symptom of a More Serious Disease?
Alopecia Areata is not a life-threatening disease. It does not cause any physical pain, and people with the condition are generally healthy otherwise. But for most people, a disease that unpredictably affects their appearance the way Alopecia Areata does is a serious matter. The effects of Alopecia Areata are primarily socially and emotionally disturbing. In Alopecia Universalis, however, loss of eyelashes and eyebrows and hair in the nose and ears can make the person more vulnerable to dust, germs, and foreign particles entering the eyes, nose, and ears. Alopecia Areata often occurs in people whose family members have other autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, pernicious anemia, or Addison's disease. People who have Alopecia Areata do not usually have other autoimmune diseases, but they do have a higher occurrence of thyroid disease, Atopic eczema, nasal allergies, and asthma.
Is Alopecia Areata Hereditary?
It is possible, but not likely, for Alopecia Areata to be inherited. Most children with Alopecia Areata do not have a parent with the disease, and the vast majority of parents with Alopecia Areata do not pass it along to their children. Alopecia Areata is not like some genetic diseases in which a child has a 50-50 chance of developing the disease if one parent has it. Scientists believe that there may be a number of genes that predispose certain people to the disease. It is highly unlikely that a child would inherit all of the genes needed to predispose him or her to the disease. Even with the right (or wrong) combination of genes, Alopecia Areata is not a certainty. In identical twins, who share all of the same genes, the concordance rate is only 55 percent. In other words, if one twin has the disease, there is only a 55 percent chance that the other twin will have it as well. This proces that other factors besides genetics are required to trigger the disease.
Will My Hair Ever Grow Back?
There is every chance that your hair will re-grow, but it may also fall out again. No one can predict when it might re-grow or fall out. The course of the disease varies from person to person. Some people lose just a few patches of hair, then the hair re-grows, and the condition never recurs. Other people continue to lose and re-grow hair for many years. A few lose all the hair on their head; some lose all the hair on their head, face, and body. Even in those who lose all their hair, the possibility for full re-growth remains. In some, the initial hair re-growth is white, with a gradual return of the original hair color. In most, the re-grown hair is ultimately the same color and texture as the original hair.
What Can I Expect Next?
The course of Alopecia Areata is highly unpredictable, and the uncertainty of what will happen next is probably the most difficult and frustrating aspect of the disease. You may continue to lose hair, or your hair loss may stop. The hair you have lost may or may not grow back, and you may or may not continue to develop new bare patches.
Why Choose ThymuSkin for Alopecia Areata?
ThymuSkinhas been proven to stop and reverse Alopecia Areata with a success rate of 85 to 90%. It is a German made topically applied product that is composed of all natural ingredients. The product’s basic formulation is derived from naturally grown plant and vegetable materials. The active ingredient is Thymosin or Thymus Hydrolysate. Thymosin stimulates the production of T-cells which are an important part of the immune system. Thymosin also assists in the development and transformation of B cells to plasma cells. This helps the body to produce antibodies that it needs for the immune system to function normally. There are no side effects of any kind and the products are safe for people of all ages, including children. ThymuSkin is recognized by the FDA as a safe over the counter alternative cosmetic medicin.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q) I have just been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. Should I try ThymuSkin?
A) If you have been formally diagnosed by a dermatologist or family doctor, then you should follow the advice of your physician first. Doctors will often prescribe steroid creams or injections. Steroids sometimes irritate the hair follicles which may “wake them up” from their dormant state.
Q) I have tried steroids, Minoxidil and many other products. None of them helped me. Why should I choose ThymuSkin?
A) If the traditional treatment methods have not worked for you, then ThymuSkin is a great choice as it boosts and repairs the immune system, the actual cause of your problem!
Q) Is ThymuSkin safe for children and pregnant or nursing mothers?
A) Absolutely. There can be no negative side effects of any kind. Remember, the ingredients are natural, safe and effective!
Q) OK, I am ready to order. What do I need?
A) ThymusKing does not believe in recommending that you spend more money than you need to. If you only have 1 or 2 small patches, then a 100ml bottle of Gel or Gold Treatmentoffers a good start. But, if your problem is more severe and you wish to be more aggressive, then we recommend a 3 pieceSuper Kit of Shampoo, Lotion and Gel, or a Yellow Med Kit of Shampoo and Treatment. Click on product images at top of this page for more product information. Or, you may call us at 1-800-506-4247 for a free personal consultation prior to buying. There is never any obligation to purchase and we are available from 9AM until 5PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Q) Do I have to use the product forever?
A) Absolutely not. In fact, once your bald patches have all filled in with new hair, you can stop using ThymuSkin forever.
Q) How long does it take to see results?
A) It is difficult to predict EXACTLY how long. But, we have noted that age seems to play a role in the timing. Children under the age of 18 often report new growth within the first 6 to 8 weeks. Adults under the age of 40 may need 8 to 12 weeks or longer before new growth is obvious. If you are over 40, results may take slightly longer. Once you do see improvement, it is recommended that you continue use until all bald areas are filled in with new hair growth. Maximum results may take from 6 to 18 months of treatment and varies from person to person.